Land in Sight

Woohoo! Ten minutes ago, 06:22 local time, we sighted land on the Western horizon! We did it, we really did it. Not that we didn’t think we would before setting off, nor that it was particularly difficult – getting out of the Med last autumn was a lot more challenging. But still, it’s been seventeen days.
Now, after some two thousand miles, the last forty seem like child’s play, really. Alao, it’s hard to get too excited at six in the morning with six, three and zero hours of sleep respectively. Time for some coffee, maybe. And some stretching them sealegs.
See you in the anchorage!

Almost there…

It’s less than three days now, we’re almost done with the big crossing.
Thus far, the Atlantic has been a real gentleman, forcing us to adjust our sails maybe once every three days. It’s been a blast… Seriously, we’ve caught seven fish, so many we stopped fishing because hey, you can only eat so much bloody fish. There’s been a lot of reading and daydreaming and daydreaming at night of being able to sleep instead of attending watch and lots of snack food, because hey, you can only cook so much on a stove with the bloody waves and all.
Speaking of waves: gee, we’ve had enough of them, seriously. I want to be able again to step in my pants in the morning without performing a sophisticated ballet piece to prevent falling over. Then again, I’m stepping in bathing pants, so who am I to complain, right?
Next stop: Barbados!
Cheers, Kai & the Serene Peeps

Atlantic Crossing, the first five days

So we’re in the middle of the Atlantic, as our dear stalkers will well know. We had two days of relatively strong wind and had to change course southward a bit, but now we’re in steady trade winds, 15 knots and relatively relaxed waves. The weather forecast also looks promising and we’re glad we started three days later, as the low pressure front ahead of us is dissolving gracefully. The days are passing quite uneventful, plenty of time to read or think or stare at the ocean (a great pastime). But hey, we caught a fish today! Tasty little bugger…
We’re also making good headway. Current estimate for the entire crossing: 17 days. Betting still open.

Arrived on Sal, Cabo Verde

Hey everyone,

as some of our dearest stalkers have already noticed, we arrived on Sal in the Cape Verdes yesterday. Now Serenity is lying peacefully in the bay in front of us and we are drinking cold coke at a bayside restaurant of our new friend Obama. ­čÖé

More updates soon…

The bay and harbor of Palmeira

We are fine!

Hey!

I just wanted to say we are fine after the autumn storm hit Italy. Luckly it wasn’t that bad at the south of Sardinia. At the beginning the wind direction was south-east pushing the swell into the harbour and it was quite rocky. So at four in the morning we were running around on the pontoon to keep the catamaran next to us from pushing against us (by stealing his fenders at putting them to the other side :D). Later the wind luckily turned to south-west as predicted, which is safe for this harbour, before the real gusts up to 50 kn were arriving. Actually this was the first time I saw a barometer dropping around 10 mbar in some hours remembering this rule of thumb from the sailing book! However it was a quite impressive roaring in the night, but we were lucky and nothing happend. And due to the bad weather we had to stay inside for an entire day, eating sweeties and watch bad movies ­čśë

At the italian main land in Rapallo the harbour is quite unprotected and open towards south-west and wind up to 80 kn (!!) was annouced causing 5-6 m waves directly into the harbour with catastrophic results:

However weather is clearing up again here and in two days the sea will be calm enough to proceed further west to Ibiza, second try!